Culture and technical culture


“Culture provides our identities with thick contents that we can try to reject, but we cannot simply ignore or deny them. By largely determining our identities, culture is constitutive of our personality”. (Mesić, M. 2007), https://hrcak.srce.hr/file/257792.  Culture is a way of life (Parekh, B., 2000). Culture is transmitted through symbols/language, norms, values, institutions and statuses. Although the basis for the maintenance of a certain culture is the strengthening of solidarity and its foundation on general acceptance, it can also be a source of conflict. From this aspect and the purpose of our activity, we contribute to specific goals and nurture specific expressions.

We want to contribute to a culture of solidarity, regardless of differences, to values such as freedom, tolerance, human rights and a non-violent society.

Culture in EU policies, contributes to these same goals, so the key topics are: supporting cultural heritage, socioeconomic value of culture, strengthening equality between sexes/genders and strengthening diversity. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-8-2018-0499_HR.html.  https://culture.ec.europa.eu/policies/strategic-framework-for-the-eus-cultural-policy.  In public policies for young people, EU policy strengthens the competences of young people, so the goals of public policies are directed towards the availability of culture for young people, strengthening the digital and creative potential of young people. https://youth.europa.eu/strategy/european-youth-goals_en

TECHNICAL CULTURE see Ecology: https://dip.hr/ekologija/ and Digital literacy and security: https://dip.hr/digitalna-pismenost-i-sigurnost/




The authors’ comics and illustrations are the result of the creative needs, efforts, satisfaction and dissatisfaction of one person who independently creates the textual part of the comic or illustration (script, dialogues…) and chooses the graphic approach that best suits the personality and/or storytelling needs of the author of the comic or illustration. As authors’ comics and illustrations almost necessarily arise from the personal rational and/or irrational creative needs of the author, they are freer in terms of authorial expression, both graphically and in terms of the topics they deal with, compared to classic or ready-made comics and illustrations. The motives for creating such comics and illustrations are not exclusively of a commercial nature, unlike ready-made comics or illustrations, the creation of which is conditioned primarily by the pursuit of profit. Of course, there are also financially successful authors’ comics and illustrations, however, the authors of such comics and illustrations at the beginning of their careers, as a rule, expect almost no financial gain, until the moment when their cartoon manuscript becomes interesting to the public.

It is a continuous process of pushing the boundaries of thinking and understanding of what comics and illustration really are. In this way, the expressive possibilities of storytelling through a combination of drawings and text change, and thus, gradually, the expectations of the end users of the art product. The author of such a comic or illustration is responsible for what is drawn and written. Because of this, the spectrum of topics covered is wider, which basically depends on the breadth of interests of the author himself. Note: Comics and illustrations are related artistic disciplines, and due to the stated factual situation, it is quite natural to connect them within the same project or exhibit. Furthermore, many authors work in both of the above-mentioned areas of artistic activity.


Similar colonies (then called comic workshops) were held as part of Opatija Open Art festival in 2006, 2007 and 2008. and as part of the Opatija Heritage in 2011. Most of the participants were closely connected with the Internet platform Komikaze, hosted by Ivana Armanini (there are also printed editions), and with the informal comics group Emission of Emotions. Many authors of comic books, illustrations and animated films and artists (Ivana Armanini, Anna Ehrlemark, Igor Hofbauer, Dunja Janković, Irena Jukić – Pranjić, Ivan Mišković, Matija Pisačić and Celestina Vičević) and students of the Academy of Applied Arts from Rivers. 2007 a photocopied fanzine Quisisana – Comic Therapy was created, in which the works created during the workshops in 2006 and 2007 were published. (DS).

The artistic director of the Kvarner colony of author comics is Damir Stenfl, with artistic collaborators: Matija Pisačić, Damir Stojnić and Korina Hunjak. The head of the program/department is Marta Berčić, and the team members are other employees and volunteers of the DIP.

About the colonies held so far:

Vol. 3. 2023. This year we are preparing the Colony and the publication of the first “almanac” from the Primorsko-goranska county, for comics. The editorial board consists of: Damir Steinfl, Damir Stojnić and Matija Pisačić. Comic boks are being prepared and arranged quickly, and you’ll have to wait just a little longer, until printing is done. In the fall, we will again gather our favorite comic book artists, and the meeting of authors called “colony” will again be available to the public.

Vol. 2. 2022 https://dip.hr/programi/druga-kvarnerska-kolonija-autorskog-stripa-i-ilustracije/


MATIJA PISAČIĆ, Sesvete, Zagreb, http://www.hfs.hr/autori_detail.aspx?sif=256

IVAN MARUŠIĆ, Split, http://www.mojstrip.com/autori/ivan-marusic

IVANA GEČEK, Varaždin, https://www.artstation.com/ivana_gecek

STJEPAN BARTOLIĆ, Zagreb, https://zagrebcomiccon.com/uncategorized/stef-bartolic/

IVAN SVAGUŠA Split, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIFEEJ3_8Kk

ANAMARIJA KVAS, Zagreb, https://www.instagram.com/kvasanamarija/?hl=hr

MIHAELA ERCEG, Split, https://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaela_Erceg

And our local artists from the Primorsko-goranska county:

IVAN MIŠKOVIĆ, Rijeka, https://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Mišković

DAMIR STEINFL, Opatija, https://damirsteinfl.blogspot.com

DAMIR STOJNIĆ, Rijeka, https://apuri.hr/stranica/3-stojnic-damir/

and guests- the students of the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka

University of Rijeka


1 Exhibition of works by authors participating in the 2nd colony in the SKC Gallery

2 colony/meeting of authors

3 exhibition of works created in the 1st and 2nd colonies in Exportdrvo, link: https://dip.hr/poziv-za-cetvrtak-8-12-2022-u-1900-sati-u-exportdrvu-na-otvaranje -exhibitions-of-works-created-at-1-and-2-Kvarner-colony-of-author’s-comics-and-illustrations/

4 24-hour comic book drawing competition, link: https://dip.hr/24-satno-crtanje-stripa/


Vol. 1. 2020-2021: https://dip.hr/programi/prva-kvarnerska-kolonija-autorskog-stripa-i-ilustracija/

Participants were: Marko Dješka art, Matija Pisačić, Ivan Mišković, Damir Stojnić, Lea Kralj Jager, Stjepan Bartolić, Antio Filipović, Ivan Marušić, Ivana Geček, Korina Hunjak and Damir Steinfl.


1 exhibit of works by Croatian authors – 10 years of comics and illustrations according to the authors’ choice; 300 works

2 edition of the catalog of works from the exhibit, June 2021

3 colony – meeting and works of the authors in Rijeka

4 competition, 24-hour comic drawing

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